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Q: Tough to say goodbye to Celtics teammates? Rajon Rondo: “It happens so often in this league. It starts in training camp when you have to say goodbye to the guys that get cut. You are attached to them for a few weeks and they get cut. I’ve been here for a long time. I’ve been friends with Jeff, Brandon and Avery for five years now. We still keep in touch. No one has died. We still have the same phone numbers and we keep in touch.” Boston Globe

“Why would you want out? I don’t think that. He never told me that,” said Bass. “This was home for him. I thought he would go on to finish his career here — do it like Dirk Nowitzki. What better way to start and finish your career. . . . I know if it’s Rondo it’s going to be a big deal (tonight) — someone who spent the first nine years of his career here, kind of grew up in the city of Boston, it will be an emotional night.” Boston Herald

“It was tough for me to watch the videos, man,” said Bass. “Especially when Paul came back. I just felt like Paul had been here his whole life, and it was very emotional for him. KG as well. I don’t know, man, Rondo may be able to handle it well. “It’s going to be tough to see him on the other side, but I’m still going to try to butt his head, though,” he said. “I’ve talked to him, wished him well and told him how much I enjoyed playing with him. He felt the same way, but man, I didn’t want to keep talking about it. “Let it go, man. I didn’t really get emotional, but I thought about it as I kept talking to him and I was like, damn, man. I kept it short and sweet.” Boston Herald

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"It ain’t my job to take it no kind of way," said Bass. "My job is to work with what we have. That’s what I do. It’s sad to see Rondo leave, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. Every year here somebody left. You’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I am a firm believer that, I don’t believe in looking for no people to come join a team -- I ain’t into looking and searching for a team to go to win a championship. That’s not who I am. I’m into working with what we’ve got and making the best of it." ESPN.com

December 19, 2014 Updates
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Brandon Bass has continued to play very well for the Celtics, which means there’s a chance he may not be with the team this entire season. Scouts and opposing front-office types have begun to speak and inquire about the 29-year-old forward, a practice that’s generally a precursor to discussing a trade. Danny Ainge could not be reached on whether teams have called about Bass — not that he would say anyway — but it certainly makes sense. Boston Herald

His teammates and coach certainly have appreciated the way he’s gone about his business, playing hard and well and not lamenting the fact he signed for a contending situation and now is part of a rebuilding group. “If there’s a team competing for a championship and they could steal him, that’d be big,” said Rajon Rondo. “He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the league. “He’s a professional. That’s why he’s here. That’s why he’s getting paid the big bucks. He does what it takes to stay at this level, and he’s playing at a high level. Regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench — you know, there are nights where he may play 30 (minutes) or play 10 — he’s consistent. He’s always been really consistent and ready to go.” Boston Herald

October 19, 2014 Updates
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“When I’m in the locker rooms with the guys, I always try to explain to them how to prioritize when you’re in college,” said Bass. “I tell them you’ve got to put school first, basketball second, and then the girls. If you flip it all the way around, you’ll be at LSU for a couple more years or you won’t be able to live your dreams in the NBA and you’ll be in the neighborhood leagues.” Basketball Insiders

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According to a rival general manager, Ainge’s perceived mission is to hold onto his nuclear stockpile of first-round draft picks — nine, possibly 10, in the next five years — and take back as little salary as possible. Anyone from Brandon Bass to Kris Humphries, or maybe both, may not make it to Los Angeles next week. The Celtics’ situation is that fluid. And in the meantime, Ainge’s team yearns to somehow get better. Boston Herald

February 11, 2014 Updates

Celtics forward Brandon Bass was nearly traded once this season—to the Rockets, in a deal that would have brought back Houston center Omer Asik—and sources have told Sporting News that Bass remains the most-discussed player on the Boston roster ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline. Sporting News

Among the teams interested in Bass, sources told Sporting News, are the Warriors, who still have trade exceptions from the summer deal that sent Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to Utah. Backup forward Marreese Speights has been a disappointment this season, averaging 5.7 points on just 40.8 percent shooting, and the team misses the production it got from Carl Landry off the bench last year. Sporting News

Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely thinks Bass will get traded by the deadline. "I do think he's going to get dealt," Blakely said. "And at this point there's a lot of window shopping that you're seeing going on by teams. But certainly the way he has played is a big factor but even a bigger factor is that he has a very manageable contract. He has another year left on that deal after this one, but when you look at his production, and when you look at the fact that he's making less than $7 million a year, that's a guy that pretty much every team in the NBA can find a way to fit in a role player like him." CSNNE.com

February 10, 2014 Updates

Celtics forward Brandon Bass was nearly traded once this season—to the Rockets, in a deal that would have brought back Houston center Omer Asik—and sources have told Sporting News that Bass remains the most-discussed player on the Boston roster ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline. Sporting News

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